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Smart-Home Pros Love Ring Doorbells, but Doorbird Surges - CE Pro 100 Brand Analysis

2018 Brand Analysis for front-door security shows more CE Pro 100 dealers offer Ring and Doorbird video doorbells than any other brand; Yale tops the list for smart locks and Control4 takes the access controls category.

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Posted by BlackWire Kevin on June 7, 2018

This article is incorrect about Ring integrating with home automation systems.

BlackWire (a Ring Doorbell partner and distributor) offers an authorized Ring Events driver for Control4 and URC. The drivers allow you to program events and actions based off of the button being pressed and motion. While there is currently no video on the automation touch screens of these platforms events provide a great integration into the systems.

Control4: https://www.blackwiredesigns.com/store/c4z-ring-events/
URC: https://www.blackwiredesigns.com/store/urc-ring-events/

Posted by Julie Jacobson on June 7, 2018

Kevin—I take full blame for writing the commentary. I disagree with your assessment that it is “incorrect.” We state that Ring products “do not integrate well with traditional home-automation systems.” It’s very nice that dealers can use your custom driver to create triggers for motion and button-presses for two specific home automation systems. However, my opinion is that if there is no audio and video integration, and Ring itself doesn’t make an effort to enable such integration, then in fact the products “do not integrate WELL with traditional home-automation systems.” I believe integrating “well” would include the ability to do something that a common motion sensor couldn’t do.

Here is the story we wrote about the very nice BlackWire driver last year: https://www.cepro.com/article/control4_finally_integrates_directly_with_ring_video_doorbell_sort_of

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Posted by Julie Jacobson on June 7, 2018

Kevin—I take full blame for writing the commentary. I disagree with your assessment that it is “incorrect.” We state that Ring products “do not integrate well with traditional home-automation systems.” It’s very nice that dealers can use your custom driver to create triggers for motion and button-presses for two specific home automation systems. However, my opinion is that if there is no audio and video integration, and Ring itself doesn’t make an effort to enable such integration, then in fact the products “do not integrate WELL with traditional home-automation systems.” I believe integrating “well” would include the ability to do something that a common motion sensor couldn’t do.

Here is the story we wrote about the very nice BlackWire driver last year: https://www.cepro.com/article/control4_finally_integrates_directly_with_ring_video_doorbell_sort_of

Posted by BlackWire Kevin on June 7, 2018

This article is incorrect about Ring integrating with home automation systems.

BlackWire (a Ring Doorbell partner and distributor) offers an authorized Ring Events driver for Control4 and URC. The drivers allow you to program events and actions based off of the button being pressed and motion. While there is currently no video on the automation touch screens of these platforms events provide a great integration into the systems.

Control4: https://www.blackwiredesigns.com/store/c4z-ring-events/
URC: https://www.blackwiredesigns.com/store/urc-ring-events/